May 1, 2014

All can help in the fight against cancer

You don’t have to be a physician or nurse to fight cancer. You don’t have to be a scientist. You don’t even have to be someone who has cancer to fight it.

What you can do is come out to the North Georgia Fairgrounds tonight and take part in the American Cancer Society’s annual Relay For Life.

The Relay For Life is a fundraising event in which teams of participants take turns walking a track overnight in an effort to raise money to help fight cancer. After dark, ceremonies take place to honor those who have survived cancer and to remember those who did not win their battle.

Teams are made up of family members, church members, school classmates and others. Some know someone who is battling or has battled cancer. Others don’t have that personal connection but want to help anyway.

All the proceeds go to the American Cancer Society, the largest private funder of cancer research in the nation, and the organization says research it has funded has enhanced all phases of the battle against that disease, from prevention to detection to treatment and recovery.

Each year for many years, the Relay For Life for Whitfield County has been one of the best attended and most successful charity events in the region, and the support the event receives each year speaks well for the community.

Support the Relay For Life this weekend. You can do some good and have some fun at the same time.

The Relay For Life of Whitfield County will be tonight at the North Georgia Fairgrounds. The Survivor Dinner, provided by Western Sizzlin, will begin at 4 p.m. Cancer survivors can begin registering at 3 p.m. The opening ceremonies will begin at 7 p.m. and the survivor lap will follow. Organizers say there will be food for sale, T-shirts, special events, face painting and more.

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